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Town council to join aerotropolis partnership

Mooresville-Decatur Times

Amy Hillenburg

August 20, 2011


The Mooresville Town Council took the first step Tuesday in partnering with surrounding communities in an aerotropolis plan of development. Council members Jeff Cook, John L. Clark, Mark Mathis and council president George Watkins approved the non-binding resolution with the Morgan County Economic Development Corp. and the Indianapolis Airport Authority at their regular meeting.

The aerotropolis plan was set forth by John D. Kasarda, a Kenan Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship and director of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School. Dr. Kasarda also heads up the institute’s Center for Air Commerce. He has published more than 100 articles and nine books on airport cities and aviation infrastructure.

The concept joins communities surrounding an international airport that will work together on development that best serves the needs of the airport, residents and businesses. Others joining Mooresville in the nearby area include Wayne and Decatur townships, Hendricks County, Plainfield and Avon.

Dean Mayfield of Mayfield Insurance in Mooresville gave the councilmen a report on the year as far as insurance claims — it’s not been a good one, he said. From September 2010 to this summer, Mayfield said there have been 12 claims, totaling $704,000 over a nine-month period. That figure compares with $268,541 for the 2009-2010 insurance year.

Mayfield said the insurance committee has met, and administration fees will increase by 2.5 percent. There were three big claims — one is over and done with, but the other two are ongoing and may still have costs incurred.

Councilmen voted to renew their policy, raising the town’s deductible from $40,000 to $50,000 per person, effective Jan. 1, which will give Mooresville a maximum exposure of $1.9 million. This is the most expense the town would bear after its reimbursement, Mayfield said. He added that this increase would save the town $42,700 and allow for managed exposure for the insurance company and for the town.

The council approved the increase.

“It is what it is,” Watkins said. “We were due for this, and I think it merits a review.”

In other business, the council voted to approve a revised contract with the MCEDC. Director Joy Sessing said their council reviewed the contract with the town and made some changes in the language to reflect its countywide status. The MCEDC now has two offices; one in Martinsville and one in Mooresville.

Councilmen approved putting up a No Outlet sign and a Children Playing sign in the cul-de-sac of Northpoint Drive to keep traffic from turning around at the dead end. Residents had requested this because children do play in that area.

They also approved putting no-parking signs back up on one side of the road in Sunset Manor. Citizens had shared a written request with street and water supervisor Joe Beikman and councilman Clark many years ago that they needed to have parking spaces on both sides.

“We took them down at that time, but Joe found an ordinance about it. Police and the fire department had looked at it and felt that due to safety reasons, the no-parking signs should go back up,” Watkins said. “I’ve looked at it, and I think this conforms to what’s already out there (in other locations).”

Council members approved the language of the Mt. Olive Manufacturing confirmatory resolution 14-2011 for a tax abatement. Councilman Tony Langley was not at Tuesday’s meeting and did not vote on this, since his brother owns Mt. Olive, and Tony does some work for the company in Flagstaff Business Park.

Beikman said four sites have been chosen to check sewer leakages caused by the flooding earlier this year. There is one on Harrison Street, one in North Park and two on Maple Lane.

“We need some rain, though, before we can find out what we’re looking for,” Beikman said.

Copyright: Reporter-Times.com/MD-Times.com 2011

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